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Dwight asked:

Occasion: wedding anniversary
What do I get my Parents for their 45 Wedding Anniversary?

The Party Girl's advice is:

The traditional gift for "45" is a sapphire. Since I don't see you buying them jewelry, why not go another route. If you have any siblings, get involved with them. Ask family and friends to send you a favorite memory and photo having to do with your parents and put these in an album. Take a wedding photo and a recent photo of them and have a copy center combine them for the first page of the album. this is the sort of gift that doesn't cost a lot but means the most to parents. Trust me. If you would like to accompany this with a more expensive gift, a night at a bed and breakfast or a romantic dinner for 2 on the town would be nice.

Samantha asked:

Occasion: 5th aniversary party
My husband and I have been married for 5 years - having been married young - we want to celebrate with a party. Is this tacky? Idealy I would provide the drinks but would like for people to bring a dish - tacky? Please help. Any invitation ideas? Thank you!

The Party Girl's advice is:

Not at all. I think you can do it cute if you wanted to. Have a contest and see who can win the appetizer/dessert award. Let them choose which area and have prizes for the prettiest, ugliest, most interest, strangest, etc.

Kevin asked:

Occasion: parents' 50th Anniversery
My mother has expressed that she would like to have an all generations get together for a photo. I would like to make this event a success. Are there any early suggestions?

The Party Girl's advice is:

First decide who you want in the photo and how do you want everyone dressed. The big thing lately is for everyone to be similarly dress such as jeans and white shirts. Easy to do whatever the age. Plan a party around this idea using photos from the past. Blow some up as posters and decorate with them. Ask the relatives to lend you some good ones and have them copied. Make an album of some of the favorites and ask everyone to write a memory and include it in the album.

Don asked:

Occasion: 60th Wedding Anniversary
Hello, I am Hosting my Mother and Fathers Diamond Anniversary. Is there a recommended schedule of events for an Anniversary Party? Also, where would one get ideas for toasts?

The Party Girl's advice is:

Usually it goes: 1. greetings, cocktails, hors d' oeuvres 2. Meal 3. Toasts and speeches (keep them brief) 4. Gifts, if any 5. Socializing You don't have to stick with this, just use it as a guideline. You might want to get a wedding picture of your parents and one now and have them put together and blown up as decorations. People could sign in on this. The best toast is what comes from the heart. What others have to say about things can help but what each individual has to say is more important and certainly more appreciated.

gina asked:

Occasion: 3 month anniversary
Hi! My boyfriend & I are 17 yrs old. We are celebrating our 3 month anniversary of dating each other. Planning on going out to dinner & a movie. I'd like to give him a gift to remember the occasion. Perhaps something personal that he can keep throughout his life. Any suggestions?

The Party Girl's advice is:

Why not have a picture taken together and get a special frame for it.

joe asked:

Occasion: 2 yr. anniversary
I am lost on what to get her or do for her i have given her 2 rings 2 necklaces and 2 sets of earrings and wrote 3 songs can you please help me.

The Party Girl's advice is:

First of all, after what you have already done, I really don't see the need for anything more. God knows, I'd be more than happy. Second Anniversary traditional gifts are cotton. You could be "cute" and get her a rag doll made of cotton or you could be "serious" and get her something to wear.

Paul asked:

what is the traditional gift for ten years- any other ideas?

The Party Girl's advice is:

The traditional gift is tin/aluminum and the modern one is diamond jewelry. I know which I would rather have. Have you seen those necklaces that look like they are on invisible wire with jewels hanging in mid air. Ask at the jewelry counter, they'll know.

marlene asked:

Occasion: 40th wedding anniversary
what is a good gift to bring to a party

The Party Girl's advice is:

the traditional 40th gift is a ruby so I would say go with something a little less expensive. Ask their kids if they have some requests or if they are registered somewhere or ask you friends what they are doing. Sometimes, people get together and get one bigger thing.

nate asked:

Occasion: anniversary
hey, my friend's parents are going on a road trip for their wedding anniversary, and she wants to know what would be cool to give them that is usefull, memorable, etc... any ideas?

The Party Girl's advice is:

Lots of film, a new camera (easy to use), one of those kits from the craft store showing how to make a really creative album and some good stuff to use in the album. Write them letters to be opened after they leave and include some funny pics they haven't seen.

inga asked:

Occasion: student / intern
Hi - first of all, I have to congratulate you for this great idea of a party doctor! you might read, that I am no American, but a German law-student. We don't have anything sinilar in the net. I don't really have a party-problem. My boy- friend and I are having our 5th anniversary this week. Actually on wednesday. Because we have a long-distance-relationship for a couple of weeks, we see eachother earliest on Saturday. We will spend a day (with other friends) in Amsterdam, where we are invited for a birthdayparty on Sunday. Do you have any idea, how we can celebrate this day? I would like to have a surprise for him, but I don't know what. Thanks for your help!

The Party Girl's advice is:

Make arrangements to meet somewhere that is private and romantic. If the weather permits, meet outside with a great view, otherwise, find a cozy place with a fireplace. Bring a blanket 9like a picnic), a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, cheese and crackers. A single rose will be a good topper.

Jenessa asked:

Occasion: anniversary
My in-laws anniversary is coming up soon. I want to throw a party for them but I don't know who to invite. Just friends? Family? The only prob. is that they have no friends in common and their relatives won't come unless it's really big. We don't want to spend to much either. What can we do thats big but doesnt cost to much. I need a reply soon because Anniversary is October 23. Thanks 

The Party Girl's advice is:

Seems to me that your spouse (who has lived with them for all of his life) should help here. I don't understand that no friends in common. But invite the relatives, a lot of them, and any friends whose company they enjoy. Find a great restaurant with a private room and you pay for the bar and snacks and dessert and everyone else pays for their own dinner. Be sure to say that on the invitation.

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